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Snapchat Glasses, Except Now Way More Expensive – Gizmodo


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It seems Snap just can’t give up its obsession with techy camera glasses. That’s because after losing a buttload of money trying (and failing) to sell its first Spectacles, and later following up with a second model to little fanfare, today, Snap announced the Spectacles 3, which are somehow uglier than ever and come with a serious price tag.

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Sporting a weird blend a hipster-chic mixed with unprovoked nerd couture, Snap’s third Spectacles are certainly unique looking. And by adding a second built-in camera to its glasses, Snap is doubling down on the Spectacle’s recording features that let users capture new 3D snaps that can be customized with gimmicky AR stickers and effects.

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Snap says the cameras on each side of its third-gen Spectacles can record HD video at 60 FPS, which can then be transferred to your phone (via Bluetooth or wi-fi) for further editing before being uploaded to Snapchat. The Spectacles’ dual cameras make it possible to record 3D stereoscopic footage featuring a subtle depth effect, while quad mics on the Spectacles capture what Snap claims is significantly better audio.

The new Spectacles shoots photos at 1,642 x 1,642, while videos are recorded at 1,216 x 1,216. The glasses also come with 4GB of onboard storage and feature a battery that can capture 70 10-second clips or up to 200 photos on a single charge. And for those that want the full 3D experience, Snap is also including a set of cardboard goggles that work with your phone’s screen so you can experience your footage in full 3D.

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Initially, the third-gen Spectacles will be available in two colors, carbon black and a rose gold-like hue called Mineral. And similar to previous models, the Spectacles 3 come with an included charging case that holds four charges worth of juice, along with a full-grain leather exterior for a slightly more luxurious feel. However, unlike the Spectacles 2, Snap’s third-gen glasses aren’t water-resistant.

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What might be even more frustrating than the new Spectacles’ styling is its price tag. At $380, the third-gen Spectacles are more than twice as expensive as the original Spectacles (which went for $150), and $180 more than the Spectacles 2 ($200). This pushes Snap’s third-gen glasses out of the stupid fun category and transforms it into something that’s a serious (and possibly) stupid investment.

But if you’re a hardcore Snapchat addict and are looking for more ways to spice up your feed, you can pre-order the Spectacles 3 now before they officially go on sale sometime later this fall.

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